Friday, August 20, 2010

Food Storage Planning For Self-Sufficiency

The squash & pumpkin plants

I have been very busy working so hadn't gotten a new post on in a couple of days. Finally have sat down to update my eBook, My Homesteading Journey. So many things have changed since I wrote that book back in April of 2007 that it needed quite a lot of updates. I am planning on offering it for sale on Amazon on their Kindle. So the updating process is in progress.

Our weather here has been pretty nice, not as hot as many parts of the country but not really cool yet either. Our Maple trees have been changing color already. Too soon! When it gets breezy now we see many leaves dropping from the trees. Makes me kind of sad to see this summer coming to an end. It has been our best so far. Every summer since we have lived here, my husband will complain about not having a summer. Last year was the worse and was even titled, "the year of no summer". Not this year. This year more than made up for last summer.

This is the time of year I start making my list for what I need for food and supplies. How much of this, and how much of that. I like to buy the vegetables that I don't grow or didn't grow for some reason or other. This year I am planning on buying a 50 pound bag of carrots at a local produce market I go to. These carrots are shipped from Canada and are big, thick and very tasty. I will pick them up in the morning and start canning. It usually takes me a few days to get the whole bag done. Then I will go back and buy a couple of bushels of beets and do the same as I did with the carrots. I am thinking of also doing the same with potatoes. You can do that with any vegetable you do not grow yourself. A large quantity is usually cheaper and easier to can at one time.

Squash & pumpkin plants spread out and need room!

I have been canning green beans and will continue as long as I have them. I may pick up an extra bushel of them if they have them.  So for the time being my list will include these fruits and vegetables:

1.  Carrots

2.  Beets

3.  Potatoes

4.  Pumpkins

5.  Winter Squash

6.  Pickled Hot Peppers

7.  Applesauce

8.  Apples

9.  Pears

10. Grape Juice

12. Elderberry Juice

13. Dehydrate celery leaves & celery

14. Dehydrate green peppers

15. Dehydrate onions.

16. Dehydrate wild plants for medicinal as well as for eating.

I will be canning meats but I can them after I get done with all of these. That will be another list itself. It looks like a lot of work but this is our food for the year and some of it lasts longer. One year I canned so many pumpkins that we ate them for a good four to five years. This is my favorite part of the homesteading life. The gardening and the harvest and food storage. Self-sufficiency is the end result.

Copyright © 2010  Kathleen G. Lupole

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